Let's see if Mefi can help me hook up my cable when the cable company could not.
posted by mreleganza to Technology (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I got a self-install kit that I ordered to have cable today.
The instructions came with two sets, one for coaxial setup, and one for composite setup (those cords with multicolored ends).
I first tried the coaxial setup. On each channel, I got my tv's "no signal" message except for channel 3, which was just a blank screen. I called the cable co. He asked if my tv was HDTV. I said yes. He said use the composite instructions instead.
Here, problems begin. The diagrams on the instructions do not match my box, and the cord colors also do not match.
The diagram has the standard 3-cord setup (yellow, red, white) and instructs you to plug them in to the associated holes. The "yellow" one looks particularly important, since "TV Video" next to it, and it's slightly separated from the rest.
On the actual cable box, there is no yellow composite slot separate from the others. just a group of six slot of various colors, all together. There is an *orange* slot separate from the others, but I have no orange cord.
I also have no yellow cord. What they sent me was a set of composite cords consisting of two red (one says video under it, one says audio), one white (audio) blue (video) and green (video).
I called the cable company back. They basically told me to line up the colors I do have, and if it doesn't work, they'd be happy to send out someone to look on Saturday for 30 bucks.
I obviously do not want to do that. I have lined up the colors and it still does not work. I tried with the channels 2, 3, 4, HDMI, Component, and PC. So I thought maybe a mefite cable guru might be able to help me out. I'll describe the panel on my cable box and tv the best I can
Composite cord with colors and the word "audio" and "video" on each: Two red (one says video under it, one says audio), one white (audio) blue (video) and green (video).
A motorola dch3416 cable box, the back of which looks like this:
That's in black in white. The colors of the six composite slots are LEFT ROW, TOP TO BOTTOM: yellow, white, red. RIGHT ROW, TOP TO BOTTOM: green, blue, red. On the diagram I just linked, there's another slot to the left of the left row which seems to have something plugged into it in the pic. That is orange.
On my TV, there are six vertical composite slots with no accompanying text. they are, from top to bottom, green, blue, red, white, red, yellow.
My TV is an Emerson LC190EM2, which I got secondhand without the instruction booklet. My cable company is Time Warner.
If you've red this far, thanks, and thanks in advance for the help!